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how long after a dogs water breaks do they have the puppies

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i have a bull terrier an i think her water just broke ,how long after wil she have the puppies?
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  NancyH replied 9 years ago.
Usually you see a pup within an hour of the water breaking.
If she goes into hard labor then a pup should arrive within 15-20 minutes if the labor is sustained.
If she goes longer then you may want to see an emergency vet with her for a check up and perhaps an x-ray to see how things are going.
Do not let them do a pitocin shot without looking at an x-ray first as too much hard pushing can rupture the uterus if a pup is stuck endagering mom and pups.
Your breed is one that can need a c-section fairly commonly to deliver pups.
These sites go over the whelping process including pictures and danger signs
Hope this helps you and good wishes for a happy healthy litter!